ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK

The closest national park to Arusha town – northern Tanzania’s safari capital – Arusha National Park is a multi-faceted jewel, often overlooked by safarigoers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats within a few hours.

ABOUT ARUSHA NP

The entrance gate leads into shadowy montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colourful turacos and trogons – the only place on the northern safari circuit where the acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey is easily seen. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog.

Further north, rolling grassy hills enclose the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes, each one a different hue of green or blue. Their shallows sometimes tinged pink with thousands of flamingos, the lakes support a rich selection of resident and migrant waterfowl, and shaggy Waterbucks display their large lyre-shaped horns on the watery fringes. Giraffes glide across the grassy hills, between grazing zebra herds, while pairs of wide-eyed dik-dik dart into the scrubby bush like overgrown hares on spindly legs.

Although elephants are uncommon in Arusha National Park, and lions absent altogether, leopards and spotted hyenas may be seen slinking around in the early morning and late afternoon. It is also at dusk and dawn that the veil of cloud on the eastern horizon is most likely to clear, revealing the majestic snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro, only 50km (30 miles) distant.
But it is Kilimanjaro’s unassuming cousin, Mount Meru – the fifth highest in Africa at 4,566 metres (14,990 feet) – that dominates the park’s horizon. Its peaks and eastern foot slopes protected within the national park, Meru offers unparalleled views of its famous neighbour, while also forming a rewarding hiking destination in its own right.

Passing first through wooded savannah where buffalos and giraffes are frequently encountered, the ascent of Meru leads into forests aflame with red-hot pokers and dripping with Spanish moss, before reaching high open heath spiked with giant lobelias. Everlasting flowers cling to the alpine desert, as delicately-hoofed klipspringers mark the hike’s progress. Astride the craggy summit, Kilimanjaro stands unveiled, blushing in the sunrise.

GETTING THERE

An easy 40-minute drive from Arusha. Approximately 60 km (35 miles) from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lakes, forest and Ngurdoto Crater can all be visited in the course of a half-day outing at the beginning or end of an extended northern safari.
NOTE: Mountain Climbing Permits duration time is 12 HOURS.

 

WHAT TO DO

Forest walks, numerous picnic sites;
three- or four-day Mt Meru climb – good acclimatisation for Kilimanjaro.

 

LOCATION INFO

Size: 552 sq km 212 sq miles).
Location: Northern Tanzania, northeast of Arusha town

 

WHEN TO GO

To climb Mt Meru, June-February although it may rain in November.
Best views of Kilimanjaro December-February.

 

TANZANIA

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P.O.Box 10076

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Arusha, Tanzania

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Jambo! My name is James Herman Foya. I have been guiding safaris for over 10 years. I grew up in Tanzania, living with my grandparents in a small village in the Kilimanjaro region until I moved with my family to the town of Arusha at the age of 10. I love my country and its people, our diverse culture and customs, and of course, the amazing wildlife and vegetation I have known and studied all my life. I developed a passion for plants and wildlife early on, and it`s been a pleasure turning my passion into a profession, and to have an opportunity to share this with you. A safari adventure should be an experience of a lifetime, and that is what we hope to provide.

WHY US

Travel with the people who know Tanzania! We grew up here. We have carefully chosen our guides based on their fluency, commitment, and integrity, as well as their love and familiarity with Tanzania. We are intimately familiar with the people, the cultures, the geology, the wildlife, and the plant life.

Enchanting Tanzania Safaris is a legally registered tour company. We listen to our clients in order to provide the best safari experience, above and beyond our customer`s expectations. We are guided by Integrity, strong moral principles, passion, enthusiasm for our work, and a determination to offer quality and excellence.

OUR RESOURCES

We have a fleet of new 4×4 safari vehicles that provide maximum comfort and a dedicated staff who are committed, honest and experienced safari guides fluent in various languages. Feel free to specify your preferred language.

We can arrange safari itineraries, on request, to fit your specific needs and preferences such as exclusive/private tours for families and friends, group safaris, climbs of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, beach holidays on the coast of Tanzania and Zanzibar Islands, bird watching adventure tours, cultural and historical tours, budget camping safaris as well as day trip and town tours..